21 Sep

Good design inspires more

Have you seen the online ads for The Loerie Awards 2013? Those familiar with this blog and YehBaby Digital Creatives Facebook, will agree that there are some striking similarities between our corporate look and the look chosen for this ad campaign.

Which only goes to show, you don’t have to be big to inspire the best of the best!

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29 Apr

How companies structure for Social Media failure

04 Feb

Living in Interesting Times

As an old civilisation the Chinese might just know a thing or two about the ups and downs of societies. Perhaps this is why they used ‘May you live in interesting times’ as a curse!

Curse or no curse, ‘interesting’ is an understatement for the fast-changing world of 2013.  There’s no escaping the impact and for many change means insecurity, stress and fear.

However, there are those unique individuals, the opportunists among us, for whom change ignites the flame of  curiosity, possibility and excitement. After all, aren’t these the times in which fortunes are made and groundbreaking technologies developed?

But should’nt we be used to change by now? The future has never been predictable, so why is it such a hot topic now?

A few factors are intensifying our perception of change:

  • Technology is developing at an ever-increasing rate and driving the pace of societal change.
  • The economic and environmental crises has robbed us of the illusion of stability.
  • Globalisation and information technologies like the internet has widened our perspective and brought the entire planet into our back yards.

clem sunter

People who are probably loving the uncertainty are the futurists and scenario planners. Like the business world’s version of soothsayers they analyze the signals and symptoms, trying to anticipate our possible futures and opportunities.

I recently had the privilege of listening to South Africa’s foremost scenario planner, Clem Sunter, at Vinpro’s 2013 Conference.

Sunter certainly delivered a serious, almost fatalistic message to the wine industry gathering. He spoke of political instability and economic red flags, warning that we are going to have to employ all our unused brain cells to adapt even faster.

That being said, Sunter pointed out that even the most carefully reasoned future scenario is subject to our own irrational nature. Despite craving predictability, what he refers to as our ‘animal spirit’  all but ensures that the unexpected is going to happen tomorrow.

So do you feel blessed or cursed? I have decided to open a bottle of 2012 Chardonnay and buckle up for the rollercoaster ride. In the mean time why not do a bit of reading?

Ideas for reading: Black Swan by Nassim Nicholas Tale, The Logic of Life by Tim Harford, Mind of a Fox by Chantell Ilbury and Clem Sunter.

That should help to get the brain cells exercised!